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Jersey Sports Fan: “The Sky is the LINit”

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on February 22, 2012 by EAST SIDE RYNO

“He saved my life…he got MSG back on the television!”

Once again, thanks to Dave Mueller for letting me know about this guy.

Jersey Sports Fan – MSG vs. Time Warner Cable

Posted in Jets, Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on January 18, 2012 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Thanks to my man Dave Mueller for sending the clip

HBO Does it Again with “24/7 Rangers-Flyers: Road to the Winter Classic”

Posted in Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on December 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

I know it premiered last Wednesday, but today I finally had the opportunity to watch this year’s first episode of HBO’s 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic. Once again, HBO has created another masterpiece. Last year’s Penguins-Capitals 24/7 was one of the best shows on television, so I had huge expectations for this year’s show. Even though I hate both of these teams, it’s great to watch how the two franchises go about their daily operations. Last year we saw how Dan Blyelsma and Bruce Boudreau communicated with their players and coaching staffs. Now we get to see how John Tortorella and Peter Laviolette work with theirs. I was surprised with the calmness of Rangers’ coach John Tortorella. I have a completely different respect for him knowing he’s not as much of a loose cannon. I had an image of Torts similar to Bruce Boudreau from last year – just dropping f-bombs everywhere. But Torts is more collected and the Rangers seem to respond well to him. Peter Laviolette seems to be more soft-spoken, but intense coach. I loved Laviolette when he was head coach of the Islanders from 2001-2003. He rejuvenated the Isles after the team suffered for eight straight years. So I’ll always have respect for the guy. Luckily for us, we have three more one-hour episodes of this phenomenal show. More to come on 24/7: Rangers/Flyers in the weeks ahead…

Here was the final scene of last year’s 24/7 – Penguins/Capitals:

Torts Being Torts…

Posted in Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on November 2, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

I hate the Rangers…but I love Tortorella. This guy has some of the most epic post-game press conferences. He could go on for five minutes and give political answers to the media, then in the final seconds drop five f-bombs, call out opposing players and march off the podium. I love it! Hockey needs coaches like John Tortorella who could fire up a team in one sentence. This December, “24/7 – Road to the Winter Classic” returns to HBO. Since the Rangers are playing in the Classic, the Blue Shirts will be featured for two weeks leading up to their outdoor battle against the Flyers. You think Bruce Boudreau was awesome last year with Caps? Just wait until Torts is mic’d up for 14 days straight. It’s going to be epic.

“Jersey Sports Fan” – Funny Stuff

Posted in Jets, Mets, Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on October 25, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

If you don’t have anything to do today, I suggest watching all of these on youtube. This guy is hilarious.

Every Baseball Fan Must See “Moneyball”

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on September 28, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

So I just returned from seeing the film, “Moneyball” and I have to admit, this movie exceeded all of my expectations. Since practically every baseball movie in the last decade has sucked, I was a little skeptical to find out how Hollywood interpreted my all-time favorite book. I was picturing this film as a cheesy “come from behind story” with corny one-liners, unrealistic game action, and a storyline that suits the non-baseball fan. This film was the complete opposite. It portrayed baseball the way it’s supposed to be – hard-nosed and cut throat. This was a very simplistic film, and I mean that as a compliment. There were no crazy effects, flashy camera angles, bright lights, or any of that bullshit. It was just a story about a general manager who had a completely different perspective of the game. Since Beane put together a team that had the best record in the Majors with the lowest salary in baseball, he revolutionized baseball. Since the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season, every ball club has adapted a least a part of Beane’s philosophy.

The acting was incredible. I couldn’t ever picture Brad Pitt starring in a baseball film, but he was perfect for this role. He nailed Billy Beane’s character. I’ve never been a fan of Jonah Hill as an actor, but he sold me as the role of Paul DePodesta (Beane’s right-hand man). Even though DePodesta in real life is nothing like Hill, this character worked perfectly with Pitt. Phillip Seymour Hoffman did a great job as Oakland manager Art Howe, the antagonist in the film. Even though it’s true that Art Howe wasn’t always on great terms with Beane, Howe came out publicly and complained that he was wasn’t as “villain-like” that season. Nonetheless, Hoffman and Beane’s confrontations throughout the film were fantastic.

If you’re a baseball fan, you have to see this movie. It’s unlike any sports film I’ve ever seen. Since it goes so deep in the world of baseball’s front offices, every die-hard fan will love it. I’m talking goosebumps for two straight hours. Believe me, it’s worth seeing.

Ten Years Later…

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on September 16, 2011 by sammywestside

Packers fans commemorate 9/11 this past Thursday Night at Lambeau Field

I’m a few days late on this, but it needed to be said here on 5BS…

It still seems like a recent morning that the skies of New York were the most brilliant blue I had ever seen. There was a crispness to the air as New Yorkers scuffled through the streets and tunnels of the city, just like any other Tuesday morning. Most people were already into their daily routine before anything out of the ordinary arose. As quickly as everyone scurried to work, it even more quickly turned into chaos.

Everyone remembers what they were doing, where they were that day, and it is a memory that will never escape us. For every American it stings deep, especially for New Yorkers who witnessed first hand how our city could be turned into a war zone so abruptly. Now ten years later we pause to remember those we lost, those who fought to save so many that day, and those who have fought and died trying prevent another day like this from happening again.

As the time has passed we look back and reminisce about the months following the tragedy. It was a solemn time where a typically high strung city was subdued. People didn’t yell, cars didn’t honk, and normally chaotic areas like Times Square were quiet. I’ll always remember being downtown only blocks from the building days afterwards, where people were fighting for a view of the destruction from the closest spot a few blocks away from ground zero. Seeing the rubble piled ten stories high still burning was enough, but it was how there were thousands of people on the street and no one said a word. The only noise you could hear on a busy New York street was that of grieving relatives who lined up hoping their lost ones could still be found.

What’s amazing about the reaction of New York and the United States as a whole, is the unity it created. People stopped caring what kind of person you were, all that mattered was that you were American. The unity translated to all facets of life, including sports. Maybe I was naive at the time, but there was a particular moment where I realized this.

When Major League Baseball resumed shortly after, there was obviously  a lot of attention on the New York teams and their first games. That night was an amazing night in Shea Stadium as many people remember. The Yankees were on the road though. In Chicago, the Yanks were greeted with warmth and hospitality, but it was a sign I saw from Boston that resonates with me. Fans in Fenway Park held up signs that read Boston loves NY. It seems so simple, but at that moment it really struck home for me. I was younger then and sports were a larger than life thing to me. It was that moment where it sunk in that it wasn’t. Sports inspires so many of us to compete or to unite with friends and family over a team or school, but it was times like these that make us realize what’s important in life, and also how sports can be such a great thing for people.

In the months following September 11th, the country united, and healing was brought to so many people through their teams. Just the ability to go back to doing something “normal” felt right for so many. Now ten years later, and the unity is gone and our country is divided as it has ever been. People moan about the poor economic times and while terrorism has not struck again on our soil, the fear still persists.

Politics has become even more of a blame game now, and sports (especially College Athletics) is as corrupt as it has ever been. So today I ask everyone to step back and remember those months following the attacks, and try to understand why we acted that way, and why we don’t anymore. We here at 5BS will always remember, and ask you to as well. Sports is great and it’s going to inspire us, but let’s take sportsmanship and bring it throughout our lives and country again, and work towards the common good.

Shout Out of the Week

Posted in Mets, Shout Out of the Week on August 12, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Meet Intern James “Blue Knight” Costanzo: a native of lovely Patchogue and a die-hard Mets and Jets fan. He has done a fantastic job for us, but I believe this was the highlight of the summer. Since it was his final day in the office, James decided to make a bold statement and rock a Lastings Milledge shirt to work. Anyone who has the balls to wear this shirt deserves a round of applause. If you guys don’t remember Lastings Milledge, he was the most hyped Mets prospect since Darryl Strawberry. The dude was supposed to be the next Willie Mays. Instead, he was remembered as the guy with awesome dreads who couldn’t hit a home run to save his life in Shea. So this week’s SOTW goes to our interns James and Priyanka “Go Orange” Vohra for working their asses off for us the last three months.

Nobody Fucked with Lastings


Kudos to MSG on Giving the Isles Some Love!

Posted in Islanders, Rangers, Shout Out of the Week on June 7, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Bravo MSG Network! Never in a million years did I think MSG would put together an hour long show about the New York Islanders. With guys like Al Trautwig, Sam Rosen, Dave Maloney, and Kenny Albert all part of the MSG staff, I’ve always assumed that the network wanted nothing to do with the Isles. Most young Rangers fans haven’t felt the intensity of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry since it’s been 17 years since the two teams met in the playoffs. But guys like Trautwig, Rosen, and Albert all bled Ranger blue during a time of the Islanders’ dynasty. Deep down they’ve had to have grown an intense hatred for Potvin, Bossy, Gillies, Trots, and all the Islander greats. For Dave Maloney, he played for the Rangers during a time when the Blue Shirts couldn’t come close to matching the Islanders greatness.

J.P Parise Completed the Upset Over the Rangers in the '75 Playoffs

But tonight, Trautwig and the MSG network swallowed their pride and actually put together a documentary for my beloved hockey club. It was magnificent. Trautwig hosted the show that had exclusive interviews with Ed Westfall, Denis Potvin, Bobby Nystrom, and Clark Gillies. For most of the show, MSG broadcasted Game One of the 1975 First Round matchup between the Rangers and Islanders. In the series, the Blue Shirts were heavily favored while the Isles were just excited to make the playoffs in only its third season as a franchise. During the game, Trautwig interviewed Gillies about his thoughts about that series. The Islanders would go on to win that game and the series 3-2 (They even showed J.P. Parise’s overtime goal in Game 3 to clinch the series at the Garden).

I also have to admit, it was fun watching Trautwig act as if he were an Islanders fan. I definitely noticed a pissed off tone in his voice when he discussed Parise’s goal. So for this week, let’s give a shout out to the MSG network for letting us know they haven’t forgotten about our Islanders.

Roloson and Bergenheim Representing the Island Well

Posted in Islanders, Shout Out of the Week on May 5, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching some former Islanders shine in the postseason for Tampa Bay. I was always a Dwayne Roloson fan when he played on the Island. Two seasons ago, he was very consistent behind net with a 23-18 record – not too bad when playing  for a sub-.500 team. Not only were Roloson’s stats impressive for the Isles, but he also seemed to enjoy playing here. Unlike Evgeni Nabokov, Roloson took pride playing for the Islanders. His goalie mask, which had former Islanders goalie great Billy Smith painting on, showed that he understood the past success of our franchise. Ironically, right after he was traded from the Islanders to the Lightning during the week of New Year’s, I had the opportunity to watch him make his Lightning debut against the Capitals in Washington D.C. Because he was only with Tampa Bay for less than two days at the time, he had no time to change his goalie mask. Nothing was better that night than watching Roloson with his Lightning sweater on while rocking a bright Orange Islander goalie mask.

Roloson Has Been Unstoppable this Postseason

The other former Islander playing for the Lightning is playoff-super hero Sean Bergenheim. Before signing with the Lightning before the season, Bergenheim was an Islander for five year. During that time, he recorded 40 goals and 40 assists. He was a first round draft pick for the Isles in 2002 and he certainly didn’t disappoint during his time in Nassau. He was one of the few European hockey players who returned to the Islanders after the NHL lockout. He was a loyal player who was certainly respected throughout Islander Nation. This postseason, Bergenheim has become a stud. In this past series against the Capitals, he scored four goals including two tonight that clinched the series. Congrats to Rolly and Bergy on having outstanding postseasons so far. We will be pulling for you.